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Hong Kong leader CY Leung gets abuse from emotional forum teenager hurling obscenity

Summit organised by the government’s Commission on Youth sees young man lose his cool with chief executive

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 November, 2016, 11:33pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 November, 2016, 11:33pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was publicly abused by a teenager using the “f” word during a sharing session with young people on Saturday.

The young man, surnamed Chan, was among hundreds of secondary school and university students invited to the annual Youth Summit organised by the government’s Commission on Youth.

During the one-hour forum, more than a dozen youngsters were given the chance to ask Leung questions. When Chan was picked by the moderator, he took the opportunity to accuse Leung’s administration of cracking down on young people’s participation in social movements such as the Occupy demonstrations and protests against cross-border parallel traders.

“During the Occupy Central movement, how come the government used tear gas on a group of bare-handed teenagers?” he said.

Chan said such a move went against calls by the government for teenagers to participate more in social affairs.

At the end of his question section, Chan suddenly became emotional.

“I just can’t resist any more, I am so sorry ...” he said, before shouting the “f” word at the chief executive.

Leung did not directly respond to the swearing, but said cases of police intervention during protests in Hong Kong were much fewer than in other countries.

“The situation should not be over-generalised. Hong Kong police have been very restrained,” Leung said.

He said he encouraged the city’s young people to use any means to express their ideas – as long as it was legal.

However, when asked by a female student whether he would consider enabling the comments section on his Facebook page to offer a platform for youngsters to voice their views, Leung said he would like to do so “if people could express their opinions rationally”.

“Even if they are against me or the SAR government, there is absolutely no problem,” he said.

But the top official said the activities of people on Facebook tended to be “too simple” and therefore had little value.

“Even a post of me visiting elderly homes was given thousands of angry faces … I don’t think these kinds of activities have much reference value,” he said.